As Manchester United manager David Moyes looks to bring Juan Mata to Old Trafford to improve his sides hopes of finishing in the top four, it leaves many to wonder: is Shinji Kagawa's Old Trafford career finished?
As the World Cup is around the corner star players are looking to gain regular playing time at their clubs in order to make it to Brazil.
This has led to a flurry of transfers that might normally not go through, for example Kevin de Bruyne leaving Chelsea for Wolfsburg after signing in 2012 and spending the whole of last season on loan to Werder Bremen and of course, Mata's imminent arrival at Old Trafford.
This leaves Kagawa with an important decision to make: stay and fight for his place at Man Utd or force a move to a club where he would be more appreciated? He would not be despised by the Old Trafford faithful if he were to do the latter as he struggles to hold down a place in the Red Devils first team.
There are many reasons for Moyes' team struggling for form, such as their continuous defensive frailties and their lack of quality in the centre of midfield. However, their lack of creativity has been one of the major talking points, as they have only scored 36 goals in the current premier league campaign, compared to Arsenal's 43, Liverpool's 53 and Manchester City's 63.
One would think that Moyes would relish having the chance to call on a player of Kagawa's calibre, a schemer Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp described as 'one of the best players in the world'.
However, Kagawa is continually pushed down the pecking order, with Moyes having a preference of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Nani and Januzaj.
Kagawa's position will not be helped by Wayne Rooney's recovery from injury and Mata's imminent arrival.
Whilst at Dortmund, Kagawa made 68 apppearances, scoring 27 goals and making 12 assists.
Although he has not managed to score so far this season, many Utd supporters have noticed his technical ability and trademark play-maker attributes since he signed from Dortmund last season for a reported fee of £12m, rising to £17m.
As playing time looks limited for the Japanese star at United, he could look for a move to guarantee more playing time, particularly with the World Cup fast approaching.
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